Steve Saka is optimistic. Those are four words that I haven’t been writing of late. Sure—he was passing out buttons that said “I HATE SAKA!!!” but once I was able to talk to the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust founder, he was surprisingly positive about how things were going.

The Dunbarton booth was the same as it’s been in the past: probably the correct size for the number of cigars the company sells, but not so great for the number of people that were actually in the booth.

One notable addition this year: some theft.

Sin Compromiso

Saka and I had a lengthy conversation about whether this is a flagship release or a halo product, I sided with the former. Whatever the case, he’s rather excited the project is heading out to stores soon. One note, the bands might be a slightly different color white by the time they head to stores.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés Negro “Cultivo Tonto”)
  • Binder: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Filler: Nicaragua


  • Sin Compromiso Selección No. 2 Torpedo (6 x 52)
  • Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5 Parejo (6 x 54)
  • Sin Compromiso Selección No. 7 Parejo (7 x 56)
  • Sin Compromiso Selección Intrépido (5 2/3 x 46)
  • Sin Compromiso Selección Espada Estoque (7 x 44)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: September 2018

Todos Las Dias Mas Fuerte

The mistake is now a release—and probably sold out. The story goes that Saka gave the Joya de Nicaragua factory the wrong blend, a slightly stronger version of Todos Las Dias, which they produced in this lonsdale size. Rather than destroying the cigars, they are now for sale.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua


  • Todos Las Dias Mas Fuerte (6 x 46) — $11.95 (Boxes of 10, $119.50)

Production: 200 Boxes of 10 Cigars (2,000 Total Cigars)

Launch Date: August 2018

Muestra de Saka #NLMTHA

Saka hates lanceros, but here we are again. This time the lancero is called #NLMTHA—now leave me the hell alone—a new addition to the Muestra de Saka line.

  • Wrapper: n/a
  • Binder: n/a
  • Filler: n/a


  • Muestra de Saka #NLMTHA (7 x 38) — $16.95 (Boxes of 7, $118.66)

Production: Limited Production

Launch Date: Winter 2018

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

While this is not new, there is some news on this front: one, retailers can now actually buy the cigar; two, it will return next year.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.